I have the greatest respect for the Addams Family family, including Thing. One of my most favoritest shows. Years after that one, I was lucky enough to be on set and watch Felix Silla playing Twiki on "Buck Rogers." The reference to TATV as "The Thing" comes from our dear fellow member @pookha, too seldom seen here nowadays, who has a most amazing talent for pragmatic pithiness as well as thoughtful analysis. She coined it, and it worked perfectly for me. "Abomination" fits very well too, considering the abominable writing and character assassination going on in that...well, you know.